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Cats Protection names new interim chief executive

It has also appointed three new trustees

Cats Protection has appointed a new interim chief executive, along with three new trustees.

Not-for-profit veteran Charles Darley moves into the role having previously held chief executive and senior leadership roles in the Church of England, the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), Open University, Virgin Media and Royal Mail.

He succeeds James Yeates who stepped down from the role in September to lead the World Federation for Animals.

Cats Protection has also appointed three new trustees, media expert Amanda Farnsworth, chief executive of Warwick Students’ Union, Rob Parkinson, and chartered accountant Sarah Hunt, who is currently the head of Audit UK and Ireland for British Airways’ owner IAG.

Chair of Cats Protection, Linda Upson, said: “It’s a pleasure to announce the appointment of Charles who has a track record of leading growth and transformation across more than a dozen charities, after a career leading business transformation as a marketing and strategy director in a number of FTSE-listed companies.

“As an experienced interim, he has committed to leading the organisation for the next 12 months and defining the details of the delivery plan for the first stage in our 10-year strategy.”

Darley added: “During the Covid lockdowns, cats have become increasingly important to the nation’s mental health.

“However, 4.5m cats still show some signs of stress themselves so I’m delighted to play a part in helping owners understand how to improve their cats’ wellbeing and welfare.”

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